Paro Tourism, Bhutan 2020 (62 Tours & Activities)

The idyllic little town of Paro is tucked in the southern slopes of Eastern Himalayas at the foothills of Mount Jomolhari. It is a landlocked country bounded by India in South and South-West and Tibet in the north and north-west. 

The name Paro brings into our minds a plethora of images of the majestic Himalayas with its rugged terrains, rickety curves, alpine forests, sacred monasteries and expansive landscapes under the blue dome of the sky and takes you into a pristine world of peace and tranquillity. Your day begins by gazing at the surreal sunrise over the Himalayas leaving an enduring effect in your soul throughout the day. 

Paro is home to some of the ancient monasteries and temples of the world whose history traces back to the 7
th century and holds various myths and folklore to their names.  Fun lovers not to be disappointed at Paro! There are cafes, restaurants, museums and places of nature hiking that will certainly keep you engaged throughout your trip. The most iconic landmarks in Paro include Taktsang Monastery, Namsay Artisanal Brewery, Archery Ground, Chele La Pass and many more.

For the adrenaline junkies Paro is the perfect destination to try your guts! Paro has some of the most challenging biking trails of the world which is bound to allure any biker who wants to scale the height on the wheels. Apart from that you can go on hiking, trekking, rafting, kayaking and stargazing. The Snowman Trek which is one of the highest trekking trails of the world will leave you awestruck as you ride along the trail and get a bird’s eye view of the stunning panorama from a height of 5,400 metres.

Visiting Paro during summer will give you a chance to explore the nooks of the city of Paro and appreciate the stunning view of the landscapes at the backdrop of the shimmering white Himalayas.  During this time the climate is temperate and suitable for adventurous activities. But, if you want snow in your vacation, winter should be your choicest season.

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People Also Ask About Paro

  1. Travel Advice

    • There are places which require permits to visit. Check for those and have your permits obtained in order to avoid permission issues.

    • Crime against tourists in Paro is minimum, but is still advised to not carry a lot of cash and maintain safety at lonely hours.

    • Paro is a place where culture and traditions are given a lot of importance. Hence, you should not, in any way, disrespect the locals as well as their culture and traditions.

    • Carry your passport and identity proofs whenever you go out.

    • Take care of the basic safety measures while on hiking trips and carry a first aid box with you.

    • Keep a track of the hiking routes and do not go off the usual trekking route as there are chances of you getting lost off the route.

  2. Drinking Laws

    The minimum legal drinking age in Bhutan is 18 years, for all types of alcoholic drinks and it is advised to carry an age proof for the same.


  3. Our Recommendations: What you can’t afford to miss?

    Tiger’s Nest Monastery

    One of the most famous landmarks in Bhutan, the Tiger’s Nest Monastery is an unofficial symbol of the Kingdom of Bhutan. It is one of the most sacred as well as scenic religious sited of the country. Located on a cliff 3000 meters above the sea level, it takes a steep hike or a pony ride to reach there but the entire journey is totally worth it as the mystique view of the valley will leave you awe-struck.


    Snowman Trek

    Paro is a hot spot for adventure activities in Bhutan, be it trekking, hiking, mountain biking or water sports like rafting and kayaking. The Snowman trek is one of the most challenging and enduring treks in Bhutan. With the final point located at 5400 meter above the sea level, you will cross 4 passes to teach the top. You will pass through fresh rice fields, village settlements and a little bit of difficult terrain while on this trek. If you are interested in kayaking or rafting, you should do it on the lower Paro Chhu River.

    Kyichu Lakhang

    This is one of the most beautiful temples of Bhutan, and its name means ‘Blue Temple’. It is called so because the temple is colored blue, unlike other Buddhist temples which are colored red, yellow and white. It is one of the oldest temple in the Kingdom and if you want to have some calmness of mind and positivity, it is a must to visit here.

    Paro Museum

    While you get to see reflections of the History of Bhutan at this museum, you will also get some of the best views of Paro town from the Museum, as it is located above the land level. You can either drive up or hike to reach there and see the panorama of golden rice fields surrounded by green mountains. To get the best of this, you should visit here around sunset.

    Drugyel

    Drugyel is a place which gives you one of the best views of the popularly worshipped Jomolhari peak, which is snow-capped throughout the year. While you see the peak, you can also explore the ruins near Drugyel Dzong and get a sense of the local history.

    Iron Horse Temple

    Iron Horse temple is a site between Thimphu and Paro and is also called Tachogang. It is located across a hill near the Paro-Thumphu highway and getting here is a real adventure because you have to cross a suspension bridge over a river, which is quite shaky and trembling. The bridge is just a mesh of wires and hence, it is a complete thrill to cross this.


  4. What you will like there?

    Natural Serenity

    Paro is a place situated amid a surrounding of tall standing magnificent and grand mountains, where you will get to see nature’s miracles at their best. You will never have enough of the nature’s serenity in Bhutan as different panoramic views will leave you stunned forever.

    Adventure

    Paro is nothing less than a pilgrimage site for adventure seekers. From adventurous trekking routes, mountaineering routes, water sports like rafting and kayaking and camping sites, Paro has all of what your adventure seeking heart craves for.

    Welcoming atmosphere

    The locals of Paro and Bhutan as a whole are one of the happiest and most friendly people you will ever meet. They always greet you with a smile and offer help in times of difficulty. People here choose to live a simple life following their traditions and all of this will definitely give you a positive vibe.

    Traditions and Culture

    Paro is one of the most cultural places in Bhutan and a city which hosts some of the most important traditional festivals of this serene Himalayan Kingdom. People here still follow centuries old culture no matter how much of an external influence they have and this is very special aspect of this place.


  5. Recommended reads for destination

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    Books :

    The Bhutan Bucket List (The Bucket List Series)

    Dreams of the Peaceful Dragon: A Journey Through Bhutan




  6. When is the best time to visit Paro?

    Summer: The best season to visit Paro is during the summer between the months of June to August. During this time of the year the temperature ranges between 22 to 28 degrees Celsius. During this time of the year the Haa festival is held amidst the natural surroundings and the Bhutanese celebrate this festival with great fun and frolic.

    Winter: The winter months in Bhutan begin in December and extend up to February. The temperature ranges between 10 to -5 degrees Celsius. Winter is the time when the locals escape their drudgery of mundane life and revel in the local festivals like Punakha Dromche and Tshechu.

    Spring: Spring in Bhutan stops in March and continues to tell me when the temperature ranges between 3 degrees to 25 degree Celsius according to some spring is the best time to visit Paro when the weather is suitable for sightseeing and adventurous activities.

  7. Which all places are best for adventure in Paro?

    Taktsang Monastery-The arduous 4 hours’ hike along the pine woods and verdant meadows raids all the must visit places in Bhutan. Finally you reach the Taktsang Monastery which is sited atop a bare rocky cliff about 3000 ft. above the ground. 

    Tachog Temple- The age-old temple is located on a ridge at the confluence of Thimphu and Paro rivers. You have to reach the temple by crossing a 700 year old iron bridge which was built sometime in the 13th century by Drupthob Thyangtong Gyalpo. You might skip a heartbeat while crossing the shaky bridge which is held together only by chain links since its construction and under which runs a gushing river in full spate. 

    Chele La Pass- Located about 35 Km from Paro, this is the highest road pass in Bhutan which stands at a staggering height of 3988 metres. Driving along the impenetrable spruce and larch woods gives you a rewarding experience as you can see the best glimpses of natural wonders in this route.

  8. How far is Paro from Thimphu?

    The road distance from Paro to Thimphu via Thimphu Highway and Paro Thimphu Highway is 55 kilometres approximately and it takes about 2 hours to travel between the two places.

    From Paro International Airport you have to drive southwards across the Panchu River till the confluence at Chuzom. From there the road goes upstream up to Wangchu River up to Thimphu.

  9. How to reach Paro? What are the best ways to travel in and around Paro?

    The Paro International Airport is connected with Bagdogra, Kolkata and Delhi airports by regular flights. Once you touch down at Paro International Airport, you can take a taxi and reach your destination. From other cities you have to arrive at the Bagdogra Airport and take a connecting flight to Paro. If you want to travel by road you can take a bus from Phuentsholing and reach Paro in about 6 to 7 hours.

    For travelling in and around the town of Paro the best option is to go on foot. If you want to visit the places outside the town of Paro you have to hire a cab. Make sure you bargain with the driver in advance.

  10. Which are some romantic places in Paro for honeymoon?

    Paro Valley- Considered to be the ancestral home of the Pema Tsewang Tashi the place is associated with folktales of Bhutan. You can get to see stone and state carvings in the pasturelands of the village. 

    Haa Valley- The popular attractions of Haa Valley are Dobji Dzong, Tagchu Gompa, Shekhar Drak, Has Samarpudun and Black and White temples. It is the 2nd most populated region in Bhutan.

    Phuentsholing- You can get to see a blend of Indian and Bhutanese culture at Phuentsholing as it is on the Indo-Bhutan border. Some of the top attractions of the place are Karbandi Monastery, Crocodile Breeding Centre, Bhutan Gate etc. 

    Punakha- Visiting Punakha in February can be a truly amazing experience for honeymooners. The Punakha Drubchen and Punakha Tshechu festivals are held during this month. The other attractions are Chimi Lhakhang, Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten and Punakha Dzong.

  11. What is the temperature in Daytime and Night time in Paro? How is the general climate in Paro?

    During summers at daytime temperature in Paro ranges between 17-21 ?Celsius and at night the average temperature lies between 8-12 ? Celsius. During winters the average daytime temperature lies between 3-7? Celsius and that at night lies between 0 to -2? Celsius. In general, Paro experiences a mild and temperate climate with an average annual temperature of 12 degrees Celsius. Rainfall in winter is scanty compared to that in the summer months. The annual average rainfall in Paro is 1820mm. Rainfall is maximum in the month of July and minimum in the month of December.

  12. I am woman visiting Paro alone? Will I be safe?

    Yes, you will be absolutely safe if you are travelling Bhutan as a solo female traveller. It is arguably the safest country in the world where women can travel on their own without any fear. But, if you are travelling alone it is advised to take a guide for better guidance of places.

  13. Is it worth visiting Paro for honeymoon?

    Paro is one of the best honeymoon destinations in Asia which has a magnetic pull to nature and adventure lovers. Stunning vistas, rugged mountains, adrenaline charged activities, ancient monasteries, vibrant festivals and an overall spiritual vibe make the place a must visit for honeymooners and couples.

  14. What is the ideal duration for a holiday in Paro?

    Ideal duration for a holiday in Paro is 1-2 days. Taking 2 days in hand you will be able to cover all the best tourist attractions of this little town.

  15. What do I do in case of any medical emergency in Paro?

    In Paro, people usually rush to the hospital in case of a medical emergency. Medical service including medicines is free of cost. You will be guided and attended by specialist doctors. As an alternative, there are BHU (Basic Health Unit) where healthcare providers and at times doctors are available for treating common health issues.

  16. How can I get a temporary local mobile connection?

    You can get a pre activated 3G local SIM card in Paro just by submitting your passport photocopy. You can get a SIM card from Paro International Airport or from the local markets at Paro or Thimphu. There are only 2 networks operating in Bhutan- Bhutan Telecom (govt.) and Tashi Cell (pvt.) both having good internet speed and network coverage.

  17. Why is Paro famous?

    Paro is famous for monasteries, temples and museums that date as early as the 7th century. The only international airport in Bhutan is also located in Paro. The place is also famous for the stupa temple which was built in 1421 by the legendary saint Thangtong Gyalpo. It is one of its kind in Bhutan which was built in the form of a chortan depicting classic Buddhist iconography that will leave you spellbound.

  18. What are the best places to visit in Paro?

    Chele La Pass- With the stunning view of the Himalayas at the backdrop the Chele La Pass is the highest road pass in Bhutan. It is located at an overwhelming height of 13,000 ft. in between the Paro and Haa passes and takes you through breath-taking valleys, frozen rivers, springs and small monasteries with prayer flags fluttering in scruffy wind. 

    Archery Ground- Archery being the national sport of Bhutan, you can get to see skilled archers proudly trying their skills in this sport. The Archery Ground hosts different tournaments throughout the year and a great place to visit in Paro. 

    Namgay Artisanal Brewery- You can taste the Bhutan Red Rice Lager and Bhutan Dark Ale (the local beers of Bhutan) that are made from the red rice and burnt grains grown in Bhutan. These alcoholic beverages taste slightly different from conventional beer. You can also see the famous Bhutanese Beer Festival which is held annually in the brewery. 

    Chumbu Lhakhang (Chumphug Lhakhang) -The history of this temple traces back to the 8th century when Guru Padmasabhava is believed to have meditated inside it for 3 months. The most striking feature of the Chamba Lhakhang is the self-arisen statue of Vajravarahi or Dorje Phagmo which is considered a venerated deity in Himalayan Buddhism. 

    The National Museum of Bhutan- The seven floors of this circular building holds a grand treasure trove of the ancient glory of Bhutan. It is called Ta Dzong which means “watchtower”. You can learn more about the myths, legends, architecture and lifestyles of the Bhutanese if you take a stroll round its different floors.

  19. What are the best things to do in Paro?

    Chill out at Park 76- An ideal fun place to spend an evening just the way you want it to be! Savoury cocktails, good beer, lovely music, welcoming crowd and an overall warm ambiance makes the place one of the best hangout joints in Paro. 

    Outdoor camping at Bumdra- Take a short hike up to Bumdra, along the alpine forest trails and discover nature at its best. Your first stopover will be at Choe Tse Lhakhang temple and from there you will have to walk uphill for half an hour until you reach Bumdra. The open verdant meadow at the backdrop of the Himalayas at a distance is a popular campsite for trekkers. Gazing at the star studded sky in a chilling night is undoubtedly an experience of a lifetime for any nature lover. 

    Savour local platters- There are many restaurants and eateries that serve authentic local cuisines and beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) cooked with organic ingredients. Some of the best food joints in Paro for casual and fine dining are Tou Zaiga Restaurant, Bukhari, Sonam Trophel, Brioche Café, Authentic Pizza and so on.

    Bhutan on wheels- Scaling the heights across the Jemina- Ta Dzong biking trail at an altitude of about 3,000 ft. is something every adventure lover would look forward to. The trail starts from Paro Town Square and continues through the Paro-Thimphu Highway till it ends at Khasadrapp- Chhu making a perfect loop.

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